Garbage truck overturns at intersection
Published: Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 5:41 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 5:41 p.m.
OCALA -- A city garbage truck overturned Saturday morning, spilling some of its contents onto a sidewalk and blocking traffic for more than two hours at a busy intersection, according to police.
The driver, Jim Eden, who was wearing his seat belt, was not injured in the mishap, which occurred at the intersection of Southwest 27th Avenue and 42nd Street.
Eden, a public works department employee for 2½ years, told a Star-Banner reporter that he was heading south on Southwest 27th Avenue and made a left turn at Southwest 42nd Street.
While turning, Eden said he felt the truck starting to tilt to the right, and the next thing he knew the vehicle fell on its right side.
The driver managed to exit the truck, and police were called to the scene.
Eden said he was on his way to a transfer station to unload the trash, when the accident occurred shortly before 9 a.m. The damaged vehicle was a spare truck, Eden said, adding that he drives up and down the roadway several times a day without incident.
He described the accident as “a little scary.”
Officers said several witnesses told them Eden was not speeding. He was not ticketed, authorities said.
Some of the garbage fell onto the sidewalk, and a wrecker crew, called to the scene, managed to tip the truck upright.
Traffic heading in all directions was interrupted by the crash. In some instances, vehicles were allowed to pass using a single lane, and in other instances, the lanes were blocked by squad cars. Officers were on scene directing traffic.
The roadway was opened not long after 11:30 a.m.
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